CLUB OF THE YEAR
It seems only fitting that our current holder of the Club of the Year title is also the first to appear on this alphabetised list. When in full flow, BASE is a real sight to behold – think flailing pyrotechnics, a huge visual display that tells the whole city that it’s kicking off, and a pumping crowd that will party on until the early morn’. Cracking line-ups and reasonably-priced drinks (for a superclub, anyway), complete this as the best club in town.
Open Thu-Sat 10pm-4am. d3, Ras Al Khor Road (055 313 4999).
TOP FLOOR TERRACE
Set beside La Perle in Al Habtoor City, at the neighbouring V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton (formerly the W Al Habtoor City), BOA takes it up a notch late on a Friday night. After concluding your dinner and drinks, make your way to this swanky, multi-levelled club, home to some of the city’s top resident DJs. Grab a table and get ready to party through the night until the early hours – because you can go big tonight if you’re in the mood.
Open daily 8pm-3am. V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City (056 501 2039).
Few of Dubai’s clubs pull off such a swanky, opulent vibe while keeping things elegant and yet fun-loving all at the same time. This multi-venue, award-winning bar and night club offers up whatever you’re after, really. Dinner and a show? You’ve got it. Karaoke? You betcha. Outdoor bar and terrace? But of course. Heaving club in the early hours? Most certainly, if that’s what you’re looking for.
Open Tue-Sun 7pm-3am. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).
SEVEN NIGHTS A WEEK
You’ll feel like you’re entering an exclusive, celebrity-laden hangout as you head through the velvet-lined stairwell at the Fairmont Dubai. That’s partly because, as the nightclub franchise from luxury designer Roberto Cavalli, you are. It’s open seven nights a week, so you’ll always be able to hit the tiles, no matter what time.
Open daily 8.30pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 322 9260).
SOMETHING WEIRD THIS WAY COMES
Cirque Le Soir
This extremely alternative nightclub is the rowdy neighbour to the sophisticated Cavalli Club. So, if you’re not after the luxurious surroundings mentioned above, then this incredible circus show and party atmosphere will certainly do the trick. It’s only open a couple of nights a week now, accesible through The House Party Bar, but is still worth a visit for some jaw-dropping displays.
Open Mon 11pm-3am, Thu-Fri 11pm-3am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).
Rock Bottom Cafe
Picture this. You’ve been out to brunch, or spent the evening at a lively bar having all sorts of larks, then someone poses THAT question: “where next?”. Instead of awkward sidelong looks, make a beeline for this perennially popular late-night club that is fun-loving, unpretentious and utterly packed in the wee hours of the weekend with partygoers.
Open daily 7pm-3am. Ramee Rose Hotel, Barsha Heights (04 450 0111).
CLUBBING WITH A VIEW
This award-winning club (formerly our Club of the Year) is an absolute pillar of the Dubai nightlife scene. Sat proudly atop the main grandstand at Meydan Racecourse, you’ll be treated to unparalleled clubbing views while you spend the night boogying on down at this enormous open-air super-club. It’s a real feast for the eyes when it kicks off at the weekend, and for a real Dubai clubbing experience, there aren’t many better.
Open Thu-Sat 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933)
While not open in time for our Music & Nightlife Awards earlier this year, since re-opening at Soho Garden in Meydan, Toy Room has become a go-to hot spot for the late-night party masses.
Open Wed-Fri & Mon 11pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 463 3338).